Water & Wastewater Management
On average, a craft brewery will produce 3.5-4L of wastewater for every 1L of finished product. On a scale of 200bbl per day, the costs of discharge without overages in Ontario average $59,000 per year. Consistent overages due o improper wastewater handling within the facility can lead to additional charges on average $56,000 per year.
Reduce Water Loss and Usage
The number one contributor to excess water usage is lack of awareness. The introduction of water management SOPs in your brewery could effectively minimize unnecessary water usage and benefit your bottom line.
RiverLabs offers onsite investigation of water management practices to highlight current system inefficiencies, offers feedback on improving system processes, and assists breweries in drafting SOPs.
Following a thorough water analysis, RiverLabs can provide your brewery with recommendations for handling your wastewater. Recommendations could include changes such as waste diversion, pre-treatment options, wastewater recycling, and on-site wastewater treatment systems.
RiverLabs will also conduct characterization of wastewater to identify points in your production cycle where discharge of pollutants is maximized. This knowledge will provide direct benefits to your brewery, including:
- Reduction in discharge penalties and fines.
- Reduced strain on local wastewater infrastructure.
- Improved environmental footprint.
Our onsite analytical laboratory offers a full suite of services to help your brewery establish water and wastewater baselines for your brewery.
Wastewater analysis can establish a baseline and identify target areas to reduce wastewater pollutants produced. Packages include: Analysis of cBOD (or BOD), COD, Total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen (or Total Ammonia) and Total Suspended Solids.